Georgia’s PeachCare program could end soon. Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which supports PeachCare, expires in September 2015. We need Congress to act fast to extend funding before it expires.
Approximately 200,000 Georgia children receive critical prevention, early intervention and primary care through PeachCare health insurance. If Congress fails to extend funding, Georgia may be forced to eliminate this critical coverage leaving thousands of children without access to healthcare. The proposed state budget accounts for this funding. At minimum, maintenance of current funding levels and quality measures are required in order to continue quality coverage.
Voices for Georgia’s Children says,
Take a minute to sign on to our letter encouraging support and the continued funding of CHIP. Our goal is to reach 100 signatures, and we are more than halfway there. We will send the letter to our Congressional Representatives to demonstrate the depth and breadth of support that exists across Georgia for CHIP and PeachCare.
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The “Ask”: Call or email members of the Georgia House and/or Georgia Senate Health Subcommittees of their respective Appropriations committees and ask them to maintain the current pay rates for pediatricians and other Medicaid Primary Care Providers.
The Why: Medicaid doctors are about to lose a boost in payments provided by the Affordable Care Act that got them closer to Medicare and private insurance rates. A recent study shows that those payments helped increase the use of healthcare services by children and other Medicaid patients. If Georgia does not restore this ACA boost, reimbursements will be set back to pre-2009 levels which may cause doctors, including pediatricians, to no long take Medicaid patients. Fewer doctors means less access to healthcare for approximately 1 million Georgia children who are enrolled in Medicaid.
The Message: “Dear Representative/Senator _______________, Please make sure that the 2016 state budget maintains the reimbursement rates that Medicaid Primary Care Providers have been permitted over the last two years. Better reimbursements have allowed and encouraged more pediatricians to provide services to children enrolled in Medicaid. As I’m sure you realize, nearly 28% of Georgia’s children live in poverty and more than 1.7 million children are enrolled in public health insurance. I’m sure you also know that a child’s chance of growing up strong, healthy and productive diminish significantly when there is not access to a doctor on a reliable basis. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee and click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee
Advocacy in a group won’t make you nervous and is quite a lot of fun.
ICM is calling upon the interfaith community to “Have a Heart for Children” at ICM Day at the Capitol on Wed. February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Let’s speak up for Georgia’s children!
Why are we speaking up? Take a look.
We will gather at Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, 30303, located immediately down the street from the State Capitol.
About the Day
9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Orientation and Legislative Briefing
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and debriefing To REGISTER just send an email to PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org. The last day to register is February 2, 2015. For more detailed information about the day, go to ICM Day at the Capitol 2015 .
Parking is limited around the Capitol area, so we plan to carpool from UUCA.